STEM Courses for Certificate Renewal

WEA’s Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) is a state-wide focus on professional development designed to support staff to increase inclusion for students with disabilities. The project is funded by OSPI and open to all educators/stakeholders in WA state (including education support professionals, administration, paraeducators, parents, special education personnel, and general education personnel.) 

Visit the OSPI website at www.k12.wa.us/educator-support/continuing-education-clock-hours/stem-clock-hours for more information regarding the STEM requirement for certificate renewal. All trainings below meet the professional and continuing elementary and secondary certificate renewal requirements for STEM (RCW 28A.10.2212). For questions regarding STEM courses, contact Kendru Dimalanta.


STEM Zoom Courses (Asynchronous) 

  • Courses held via Zoom in real time (synchronous).
  • Register ASAP! Classes fill up quickly and there is not a waitlist option.
  • After clicking the registration link, select the course you want to register for from the
    dropdown menu.
  • Once registration is full, the course will no longer be available in the drop down menu.
  • Registration is a TWO Step Process
         1. Register for each course using the link listed below for each course.
         2. Use the registration link in your confirmation email to complete the Zoom registration.
             You will immediately be directed to the course Zoom information page, including the link
             to access the course. SAVE this information. You can also add the event information to
             your calendar from this page.
  • Courses are free and clock hours will be provided.
  • As these offerings are funded through a grant from OSPI, you do not have to be a WEA member to attend.
  • Please test your computer's video and audio HERE before the course start. Technical assistance will not be provided.
  • Course evaluations will be emailed to attendees approximately 5-10 business days after each course. Once completed and submitted, a clock hour verification form will be sent via email. Please check your spam/junk folders for the emails. Use the clock hour verification form to process your clock hours and/or attendance according to your distrcit policies. 

Computer Science for Special Populations: Level I - STEM (6 clock hours)

Monday, January 24, 2022 & Tuesday, January 25, 2022
4:30pm-7:30pm

This course is designed to teach computer science and computational thinking using both unplugged and plugged activities targeting our special education population for the purpose of increasing student achievement. The Universal Design for Learning framework will be modeled. The modeled lessons will be designed to cross content areas and participants will be designing a lesson that can be used in their classroom. This training meets the professional and continuing elementary and secondary certificate renewal requirements for STEM (RCW 28A.10.2212).
Register: January 24 & 25, 2022


STEM Integration and Inclusionary Practices - STEM (15 clock hours)

Part I: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Part II: Thursday, February 3, 2022
Part III: Thursday, February 10, 2022
Part IV: Thursday, February 17, 2022
4:30pm-6:30pm

This course includes 8 hours of synchronous learning through Zoom, and 7 hours of asynchronous homework. 

The application of STEM in the classroom can transcend beyond learning science and math facts. STEM integration provides students the opportunities to learn 21st century skills such as questioning the world around them, processing what they learned, collaborating well with others, and communicating with peers and adults alike. Additionally, a focus on  Inclusionary Practices, where all students are afforded the chance of a dynamic, important education, are intrinsically linked with STEM in the classroom.
Register: STEM Integration and Inclusionary Practices: All Sessions


Computer Science in Special Populations: Level II - STEM  (3 clock hours)

Monday, February 7, 2022
4:30pm-7:30pm

(NOTE: Participating in Computer Science for Special Populations Level 1 before taking this Level II course is recommended but not required.)

Participants will be designing and modeling CS integration into their current roles as educators with a focus on careers and we will be taking a deeper dive into CS programs, such as Scratch, MakeCode, Ozobots, Artie, to name a few. This training meets the professional and continuing elementary and secondary certificate renewal requirements for STEM (RCW 28A.10.2212).
Register: February 7, 2022


Unpacking Standards to Reach ALL Students in the Math Classroom - STEM (6 clock hours)

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 & Wednesday, February 9, 2022
4:30pm-7:30pm

The state of Washington adopted the Common Core Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) to equitably and comprehensively guide and inform student learning, and promote college and career readiness. This course will explore the CCSSM content and practice standards, key shifts in their development, and the critical relationship between  standards-based learning and equitable access to learning. Through this process, participants will learn how to unpack standards to develop cognitively rigorous learning targets.
Register: February 8 & 9, 2022


STEM in Sports: Using Sports for STEM Learning in Your Classroom - STEM (15 clock hours)

Part I: Friday, February 25, 2022
Part II: Monday, February 28, 2022
Part III: Friday, March 4, 2022
Part IV: Monday, March 7, 2022
Part V: Friday, March 11, 2022
4:00pm- 6:00pm

(This course includes 10 hours of synchronous training via Zoom and 5 hours of independent, asynchronous
training (homework)

This course is designed to help you to take the practice of a sport (any sport) and show and enhance STEM through the lens of sports. The course will shine a light on students who are motivated by sports and show how STEM can be incorporated into sports activities. This course includes inclusionary practices so that all kids can learn. Universal Design for Learning will also be a part of this course. Course also includes a brief overview of STEM Standards, a few examples then asks participants to address their own standards:
1. NGSS (Science and Engineering)
2. CCSS (Math)
3. Computer Science
4. Technology

Objectives:
> Participants will learn how to build a unit in their content area that features Sports and STEM
> Participants will learn how to incorporate inclusionary practices into their content area
> Participants will learn how to incorporate Computer Science and science into their content areas
> Participants will learn how to incorporate student voice and UDL practices
This training meets the professional and continuing elementary and secondary certificate renewal requirements
for STEM (RCW 28A.10.2212).
Register: STEM in Sports: All Sessions

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STEM Canvas Courses (Asynchronous)

  • Registration is free for participants.
  • Canvas courses are asynchronous - You take them independently, individually, at your own pace, and without a live instructor.
  • Coursework must be completed by June 30, 2022 - If clock hours are needed for recertification on June 30, 2022, the course MUST be completed by June 20th!
  • Courses are free and clock hours will be provided.
  • At the end of each course, you will need to fill out the "End of Course Evaluation" to receive clock hours. A
    clock hour verification form will be sent to you about 7-10 business days after completing this survey. Your assignment and submissions need to be verified by the instructors and then processed in the PD Network.

STEM Integration for Primary Educators (K-6) - (15 clock hours)

Scientific studies have shown that children learn faster than adults. Most of that early learning is focused on developing language skills and communications skills. There is little to no emphasis on STEM learning. As it turns out, there are a lot of benefits of introducing STEM at an early age. This training, geared towards K-6 teachers, will provide strategies, ideas, and examples of how to introduce STEM in early educator classrooms and include connections to inclusionary practices. You will be submitting work as "assignments", taking "surveys/quizzes", and participating in discussion boards for this class. The ultimate goal is that you can walk away with an integrated STEM lesson plan that will be important and usable in your classroom.
Register HERE


STEM for Secondary Educators (6-12) - (15 clock hours)

This course aims to teach participants about science, engineering, math, and inclusionary practices with a little dose of technology. The participant will then reflect on their current practice, identify areas of growth, and fully incorporate these ideas into an integrated science, engineering, math lesson, project, or unit plan with a focus on Universal Design for Learning inclusionary practices.
Register HERE


STEM Integration and Inclusionary Practices (15 clock hours)

The application of STEM in the classroom can transcend beyond learning science and math facts. STEM integration provides students the opportunities to learn 21st century skills such as questioning the world around them, processing what they learned, collaborating well with others, and communicating with peers and adults alike. Additionally, a focus on Inclusionary Practices, where all students are afforded the chance of a dynamic, important education, are intrinsically linked with STEM in the classroom.
Register HERE


STEMisizing Your Instruction - (15 clock hours)

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Standards as they learn how to STEMisize a classroom. Participants will create a personal resource bank of ideas, activities and materials and learn how to take an existing unit of instruction in any content area and STEMisize the unit to include STEM models and computational thinking. 
Register HERE